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By Curtin Library 19 October 2020 Facilities No Comments »

Throughout our physical collection relocation (Oct 16 to Nov 1), access to the collections on levels 4, 5 and 6 will be disrupted. If you need an item during this time, contact a Library Rover from the blue Help Phone by the lifts. Our click and collect service is also available. The catalogue listings for the collection will be updated as the move progresses.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Open access myths: open access means losing copyright

By Curtin Library 23 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

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MYTH: Open access publishing means surrendering copyright over your research

Busted!

Publishing open access frequently allows authors to retain copyright over their research instead of handing over the rights to the journal.

Many open access journals make use of Creative Commons licenses, which allow for reuse of material provided that the original author is cited at all times.

This provides maximum visibility for research, while ensuring proper author attribution. Find out more in Copyright at Curtin.

Check out more open access myths on our blog.

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Open access myths: you can’t publish in prestigious journals

By Curtin Library 22 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

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MYTH: Researchers have to choose between journal prestige and publishing open access.

Busted!

Why not have both?

Researchers don’t have to choose between the prestige of a subscription journal and publishing open access.

Publish in the best journal in your field and still make your peer reviewed content open access through ‘self-archiving’ in an institutional repository such as espace. Find out more in Guide to espace.

Join our online Open Access Publishing seminar on 4 November, 12pm to learn more.

Check out more open access myths on our blog.

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Open access myths: publishing open access is expensive

By Curtin Library 21 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

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MYTH: Publishing open access means expensive article processing charges (APCs)

Busted!

Publish OA and avoid expensive APCs in two ways:

  • Via Gold OA – Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals to identify open access journals that do not charge article processing fees.
  • Via Green OA – Open up research published in subscription journals through ‘self-archiving’ via no fee deposit in an institutional repository, such as espace. Find out more in Guide to espace.

Join our online Open Access Publishing seminar on 4 November, 12pm to learn more.

Check out more open access myths on our blog.

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Open access myths: open access journals are predatory

By Curtin Library 20 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

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MYTH: Open access publishers are “predatory” – their journals are not peer reviewed and are intrinsically low in quality

Busted!

The quality of a scholarly journal depends on its peer review and editorial processes. It is a function of its authors, editors and referees, not the funding model.

The vast majority of open access journals operate a peer review process that is identical to that used by traditional journals.

Consult the Directory of Open Access Journals for peer review policies of OA journals; and take advantage of the Library’s resources for determining OA journal quality and impact.

Join our online Open Access Publishing seminar on 4 November, 12pm to learn more.

Check out more open access myths on our blog.

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Library Student Assistants wanted for 2021

By Curtin Library 19 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

Register now for Library Student Assistant positions for the T. L. Robertson Library (Perth campus).

This round of recruitment will take place within the next few months, with new LSAs starting in semester 1 2021.

The current pay rate is $32.30ph. This is a casual rate which includes a loading in lieu of sick pay and holiday pay.

Successful applicants will be rostered for approximately 8-20 hours per week during semester (dependent on business needs). Some additional and semester-break hours may be available.

Essential criteria:

  • Must be a current Curtin undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • Be available for 8 – 20 hours per week during semester including mornings from 7am, weekends, late nights and overnight shifts
  • Possess a level of physical fitness appropriate to the duties involved e.g. pushing trolleys, shelving
  • Flexibility to deal with a changing workplace and work patterns
  • An ability to accurately comprehend and follow instructions
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Good teamwork, interpersonal skills, and excellent communication skills.
  • Completion of the resume module in Curtin Challenge (log in using your Oasis details)

Desirable criteria:

  • Some knowledge of Curtin Library’s shelving system and experience in using the Library
  • Knowledge of computers, Curtin IT processes, printing and photocopiers
  • Some availability to work during semester breaks if required

Disclaimer:

Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

How to apply:

Students interested in applying can submit an expression of interest through UniHub.

If you have questions about the position or the application process, please contact:

Andrea Robson
Employer Engagement Coordinator | Recruit Curtin
andrea.robson@curtin.edu.au

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Open access myths: there’s no benefit for researchers

By Curtin Library 19 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

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MYTH: Publishing open access is a nice thing to do, but there’s nothing in it for the researcher.

Busted!

Open access benefits authors:

  • Studies consistently demonstrate a clear citation advantage for Open Access articles 1
  • Increased content visibility leads to greater public engagement and research impact
  • OA facilitates collaboration and results in accelerated scientific advancement  3
  • Meets research funders’ OA mandates 4

Read more about publishing open access here.

Check out more open access myths on our blog.

References:

  1. https://sparceurope.org/what-we-do/open-access/sparc-europe-open-access-resources/open-access-citation-advantage-service-oaca/
  2. https://aoasg.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/benefitsofopenaccess_cc-by_logo.pdf
  3. https://oaspa.org/why-cc-by/
  4. https://www.arc.gov.au/policies-strategies/policy/arc-open-access-policy;  https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/resources/open-access-policy
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Library physical collection relocation

By Curtin Library 15 October 2020 Facilities Refurbishment No Comments »

To support our upcoming refurbishment project, our Level 4 book collection will be moved to Levels 5 and 6 over the next few weeks.

The collection will be shifted over the following periods:

DATE TIME
Friday 16 October 5pm to 10pm
Saturday 17 October 8am to 5pm
Sunday 18 October 8am to 5pm
Friday 23 October 5pm to 10pm
Saturday 24 October 8am to 5pm
Sunday 25 October 8am to 5pm
Friday 30 October 5pm to 10pm
Saturday 31 October 8am to 5pm
Sunday 1 November 8am to 5pm

During this time, there will be disruption on Levels 4, 5 and 6.

For assistance retrieving the books, contact a Library Rover from the blue Help Phone by the lifts. Click and collect is also available. The catalogue listings for the collection will be updated following the move.

Apologies for any inconvenience during this time.

All current and planned upcoming refurbishment related impacts will also be present on our website. If you have feedback on the collection relocation or the refurbishment project, please forward it to libraryproject@curtin.edu.au

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International Open Access Week 2020

By Curtin Library 14 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

2020-OAW-01-Banner-986x310-ENGLISHInternational Open Access Week, a global event now entering its twelfth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to advocate for change and take action in making openness the default for research — to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research and ensure that equity is at the centre of this work.

The theme for 2020 is “Open with Purpose Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”.

From the 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee announcement:

“Building on our discussions in 2018 (“Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”) and 2019 (“Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”), 2020 marks the third consecutive year the theme for International Open Access Week will focus on the urgent need for action on equity and inclusion, underscoring the urgency of continuing to centre this work.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be consistently prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community discussions to the governance structures we use. International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyse new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out.”

Check our blog next week as we celebrate 2020 Open Access Week by busting some common Open Access Myths.

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Suggestion: Drink Fountains

By Amber Wilson 12 October 2020 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…
Love the social zone in the library! Two things I wanted to mention are the tables are sometimes dirty due to people eating and not cleaning their mess :'( and the water fountain hasn’t worked in over a month which I’m not sure if it’s a covid thing but really would like it back!

The Library responds…
Thanks for the feedback. We’ll chat with the cleaners with regards to the tables. The drink fountain next to the lifts is waiting on a part however in the student lounge, there are three cold water drink fountains available.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin Library

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